Since Vermont is such a small state, everything in it is close to everything else. There are a couple of places within a few hours from Killington that are well worth a day’s visit.

  • Lake Champlain/Burlington: The legendary sea monster Champ resides in the waters of Lake Champlain, but don’t let that scare you away from one of the largest lakes in the continental United States. Plus, the monster probably lives in the part of the lake that is in New York State. Burlington, situated on Champlain's east banks, is the perfect city to begin your lake explorations because many sailing, water-skiing and ferry companies are based here. Since you’re probably going to be using the Burlington airport to get to and from Killington, it might be best to schedule this day trip for either the first or last day of your journey.
  • Middlebury Loop: Just northwest of Killington’s Rutland County is the Middlebury Gap, a pass through the Green Mountains that can be navigated by driving the Middlebury Loop. The loop is about 80 miles and will take you from the Champlain Valley all the way up to the Middlebury Gap and back through the Brandon Gap. Stop for a picnic in the flatlands, and be prepared to pull over later just to gape at the views. Driving maps of the Middlebury Loop can be found in Scenic Driving New England by Stewart M. Green.
  • Dartmouth College: Though it's in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is only about a 70 kilometer drive from Killington. If you have high-school aged children or want to see some Ivy League sports, Dartmouth is an essential day trip. Take advantage of the fact that New Hampshire is so close: you’ll get to see two states in one day.